Title: Building theory of agri-food supply chain resilience using total interpretive structural modelling and MICMAC analysis

Authors: Guoqing Zhao; Shaofeng Liu; Haiyan Lu; Carmen Lopez; Sebastian Elgueta

Addresses: University of Plymouth, Drake Circus, Plymouth, Devon, PL4 8AA, UK ' University of Plymouth, Drake Circus, Plymouth, Devon, PL4 8AA, UK ' University of Plymouth, Drake Circus, Plymouth, Devon, PL4 8AA, UK ' University of Brighton, Mithras House, Lewes Road, Brighton, BN2 4AT, UK ' Laboratory of Pesticide Residue and Environment, Instituto de Investigaciones Agropecuarias, INIA La Platina, 11610, Chile

Abstract: Agri-food supply chains are inherent with some unique characteristics and that can be easily disrupted compared with other supply chains. Therefore, supply chain resilience factors are relevant and can be taken into consideration. In this paper an attempt has been made to build a theoretical framework of resilience factors in agri-food supply chains with the help of total interpretive structural modelling and matrix of cross impact multiplications applied to classification analysis. The results of the total interpretive structural modelling demonstrate that leadership plays a vital role in enhancing the resilience of the agri-food supply chain. Furthermore, the matrix of cross impact multiplications applied to classification analysis results indicate that leadership and working team stability along with strong driving power should be given critical focus by agri-food supply chain managers to facilitate the improvement of agri-food supply chain resilience. This paper contributes to the extant theory building in the field of agri-food supply chain resilience, to fill the gap that a few researches have been conducted on agri-food supply chain resilience theory building.

Keywords: agri-food supply chain resilience; total interpretive structural modelling; TISM; MICMAC analysis.

DOI: 10.1504/IJSAMI.2018.099236

International Journal of Sustainable Agricultural Management and Informatics, 2018 Vol.4 No.3/4, pp.235 - 257

Received: 14 Oct 2018
Accepted: 09 Jan 2019

Published online: 16 Apr 2019 *

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